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Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I am not set up to do phone calls but would be happy to answer any questions you do have online. If you get a request for a phone call, it is from the website and not myself. Chances are that he has an allergy to something in the environment. Environmental allergies are far more common than food allergies in dogs. I am not sure what his diet consist of. Commercially prepared raw diets are usually nutritionally complete. Unfortunately, many homemade diets are not. I usually refer most owners to petdiets.com for a nutritional consult for homemade diets. There aren't really any essential nutrients that would be missing from a diet that can lead to itching and hot spots, though. He most likely needs to be on a course of prednisone to get the itching under control and antibiotics for the hot spot. Your vet can run an allergy test on him to see what in the environment he may be allergic too. That test may not serve much of a purpose, though, unless you plan on getting him on allergy injections. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.
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I don't do much in the way of holistic medicine. I am going to opt out to see if there is another vet available who may use more holistic medicine.